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The Mississippi River Delta.
By Amy Streitwieser, Staff Attorney
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

In mid-July, I traveled to Louisiana with fellow ELI Gulf Team member Teresa Chan to host three workshops with the Restore the Mississippi River Delta coalition.

As Nations Shift Toward Low-Emission Vehicles, Roadblocks Remain

An electric car charges at a station in Newcastle, England (Photo: Wikimedia Com
By Robert Kelsey, Associate Editor, Environmental Law Reporter
Monday, August 21, 2017

As reported previously in the Environmental Law Reporter's Weekly Update, several countries have expressed their desire to move away from vehicles powered by diesel and gas in recent months. Most recently, the British government committed to ban the sale of diesel and gas vehicles from 2040 to curb rising levels of nitrogen oxide.

Is Marijuana the Next Big Thing? Environmental Opportunities in the Cannabis Sector

A cannabis sativa plant (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).
By Dave Rejeski, Director; Technology, Innovation and the Environment Project
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What is the most valuable crop in California? It isn’t almonds ($5.3 billion), strawberries ($1.8 billion), or grapes ($1.3 billion), but cannabis, now worth around $17 billion annually. In fact, cannabis is presently the fastest growing industry in the United States with over 30 percent per year compound growth according to preliminary 2016 revenues reported in Colorado by the Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Summer With ELI

Every summer, new interns, law clerks, and experts join ELI in Washington, D.C.
By Ian Faucher, Research and Publications Intern
Monday, August 14, 2017

Even after lawmakers leave the capital for their August recess, there’s still a summer buzz in the air at ELI’s offices in Washington, D.C. From June through August, nearly every open desk is filled by a volunteer, intern, or law clerk working to further ELI’s mission and support its many programs around the world. This summer, I was fortunate enough to spend a brief three months in the nation’s capital as one of those students. My fellow interns and law clerks hailed from as far as U.C.

Mixed Messages in the Corporate World

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

When a public company describes the impact of a proposed regulation, it must consider two audiences: regulators and financial markets. It would like to sway the regulator by emphasizing how stringent regulations could cause job losses or reduce investment. But it may wish to convince investors that the company will thrive in the face of any plausible regulatory outcome.

Private-Sector Governance: Untangling Environmental Standards

An array of eco-labels, such as EKOenergy, certify environmentally friendly prac
By Ian Faucher, Research and Publications Intern
Monday, August 7, 2017

In response to reputational pressures and economic incentives, many companies tailor their product design, purchasing decisions, and management systems to reflect environmental considerations. Because consumers usually can’t observe these benefits in a company’s products or services, firms increasingly turn to environmental certification schemes or “ecolabels” to highlight their achievements.

Cryptocurrency—A New Tool to Help Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Tiger Alliance cryptocurrency is a new tool for mobilizing anti-trafficking reso
By Sara Kaufhardt, Research and Publications Intern
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The enforcement of wildlife trafficking laws suffers from a lack of capacity in “hotspot” countries to combat the powerful economic incentives for poaching endangered species. However, emerging technologies create new opportunities to counter these incentives for poaching by harnessing the economic incentives to protect ecosystems, natural resources, and wildlife.

Getting Serious About Playing Games: ELI Designs Award-Winning Educational Game

ELI's Cards Against Calamity board game engages coastal communities in resilienc
By Dave Rejeski, Director; Technology, Innovation and the Environment Project, and John Hare-Grogg, Research Associate
Monday, July 31, 2017

ELI’s Technology, Innovation and the Environment project targets the market for serious games with our new game, Cards Against Calamity, a multiplayer board game that explores coastal communities’ resilience to crises. Cards Against Calamity was developed in collaboration with 1st Playable Productions and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Evolution and Future of the Oil Pollution Act

Skimming oil in the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 BP oil spill (Photo
By Sara Kaufhardt, Research and Publications Intern, and Brett Korte, Staff Attorney; Director, Associates Program
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, which released 11 million gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean, provided the impetus for U.S. Congress to pass the 1990 Oil Pollution Act (OPA), which strengthened the federal government’s ability to respond to and prevent oil spills.

Bluefin Tuna: Critically Endangered Species or “World Gourmet”?

Despite having few natural enemies, bluefin tuna are threatened by overfishing (
By Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary General, CBCGDF, Huang Shuya , Researcher, CBCGDF, Linda Wong, Deputy Secretary General, CBCGDF, and Xiao Recio-Blanco, Director, Ocean Program
Monday, July 24, 2017

Bluefin tuna, the general group name of several species that belong to subgenus of true tunas Thunnus (Thunnus), are the largest of all tunas and have a natural lifespan of over 50 years. Reaching over two meters in length and weighing 200 kilograms as adults, the species is at the top of the marine food chain. But for great white sharks, bluefin tunas have few natural enemies. Sadly, in the last few decades, a new enemy has appeared: humans.